How Movie Stars “Get in Shape” for Roles

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Movie stars. People who we look up to, at least when they are on the silver screen. And their change when they take on a role is more than just skin deep – they routinely undergo strict diets to lose a lot of weight. And their weight loss diets are often extreme, not something you want to try at home.

Chris Hemsworth – From Thor to a derelict

You know Thor, the Norse god of thunder turned into a Marvel superhero to join the Avengers. He has a muscular, bulky body to fit into the alien Avenger’s armor. But the role of Thor is not his only one. For the 2015 movie In the Heart of the Sea, Hemsworth lost most of his weight to become the scraggly guy pictured below.

To achieve this amazing transformation, Hemsworth adopted an extreme diet, consuming just 500 calories a day, way below his baseline calorie intake – a person of his stature should consume between 2,000 and 3,000 calories daily only to stay alive.

Christian Bale – from a good-looking cleric to a paranoid machinist

One of the most shocking celebrity transformations was that of actor Christian Bale, who dropped from 180 pounds (circa 81kg) to 120 (about 55 kg) to play anorexic, paranoid machinist Trevor Reznik in 2004’s The Machinist. He reached his target weight (and look) by starving himself – literally, as all he ate was a can of tuna and an apple each day. He wanted to get down to 100 pounds for the role, but the producers of the movie stopped him as this could have harmed him beyond repair. What’s more amazing – after The Machinist, he bulked up again to 200 pounds (90kg) for The Dark Knight.

Matthew McConaughey – From an attractive club owner to AIDS patient

Matthew McConaughey had his share of amazing transformations. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) he lost almost 50 pounds (22 kg) in a very short time. The actor went from his normally beefy look to skinny by eating egg whites, chicken breasts, and Diet Coke each day.

The movie stars diet is dangerous

The transformations some actors undergo for a role can be amazing, but don’t let them be an example for you. Rapid weight loss might sound great at first, but it comes at a cost: malnutrition. By going on an extreme diet you rid your body of nutrients, which takes its toll on your health in the long run.

The movie stars diets are bad for you, even if they promise quick results. Losing fat must never cost you your health. A varied, healthy diet and the right amount of exercise is a much better path to take. Because you’re not going for an Oscar – you are going for health.


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